How Much Is Too Much?

Jon Stewart asks MSNBC's David Gregory about the twenty-four-hour news cycle

TGIF, and also TGFJS! That’s: Thank God For Jon Stewart.

On last night’s Daily Show, Stewart asked MSNBC’s David Gregory about the network’s reliance on “analysis” as a way to fill air time:

“You guys are on for twenty-four hours a day. How many hours do you think it would take to fully cover the election every day, complete news and analysis, like what would that be, like an hour or two? At what point does the 24-hour become, like, now it’s just a bunch of guys sitting around a table going, ‘well, what the fuck?’”

Gregory’s answer isn’t too satisfying, but his impression of Bush at the Great Wall—“That’s nice.”—is spot on.

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.